I usually don’t find myself in agreement with Tucker Carlson on anything, but I have to give him three bow ties (out of four) in his debate with Greta Van Susteren the other day on FOX News. She was upset about a piece that she interpreted as nasty by Daily Caller’s standards. Tucker defended the piece, which quoted some vile commentary by ex-pugilist Mike Tyson about ex-governor Sarah Palin. Bottom line? Greta was wrong. Tucker was right. I’m not sure I agree necessarily with Tucker’s reasoning that the reason most major media didn’t report it was because it was Sarah Palin, and that had it been anyone else major media would have reported it. Mainstream media likely ignored it because, well, the comments were coming from Mike Tyson, a man with a history of saying wacky things that have no meaning in the vast wasteland of time and space (the man is no longer even permitted to vote, so to care about what his opinions are about “potential” political candidates is really pushing it). But I do, lamentably, agree that his comments were newsworthy. After all, he is a pseudo-celebrity talking about another pseudo-celebrity, and that’s what counts as news these days – whether the speakers are by some measurement, a celebrity and worth the clicks they can possibly produce for any given website.
But Greta’s argument that the article (not Mike Tyson’s comments) was demeaning to women and that’s why it should not have been posted flies against the grain of reality. Has she never checked out her own employer’s website? FOXNews.com, as do most mainstream news sites, practically giggles like an 11 year-old boy seeing his first R-rated movie when faced with a potentially “hot” story. Miss America candidate feels slighted by a judge’s question? Run that story and every new development for months (accompanied, of course, by the requisite T&A shots of said beauty pageant contestant, lest we forget about whom we are talking). Co-ed missing and feared dead, perhaps murdered by a jealous lover, or a scorned ex-spouse? If she’s pretty, blonde, and with plenty of pics and b-roll available, dammit, then we care.
Spare me your hand-wringing, Greta. You’re worried so much about glorifying violence against women? Let’s not forget the soapbox that got to where you are right now – the one provided by CNN so you can pontificate endlessly (and excellently) about legal mumbo-jumbo regarding the O.J. Simpson-Nicole Brown Simpson-Ron Goldman murder case in the mid 90’s.